Last week, representatives from across the Australian trade union movement at the Australian Council of Trade Unions’ Congress resolved to campaign for recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution.
From Sunday 27 May, Australians will come together at a record 278 events across the country to celebrate National Reconciliation Week.
New resources to start the conversation
In honour of this year’s National Reconciliation Week theme, ‘Let’s Talk Recognition’, ANTaR has created a toolkit for you to inform, educate and mobilise your community. Start a conversation in your school, workplace, university or home with:
A factsheet about the national conversation on Constitutional Recognition.
Answers to frequently asked questions about changing the Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and remove racial discrimination.
A powerpoint presentation to explain Constitution Recognition. Email us to get a version you can edit.
8 ways you can take action right now.
Hints and tips on how to hold a successful events.
The Australian Constitution is currently silent on the First Peoples of this country. It fails to acknowledge their prior occupation, history, cultures and languages. Our Constitution even permits laws that prevent people from voting, owning property or working in certain professions on the basis of race.
Australians have been presented with an historic opportunity to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution and protect future generations of Australians from discriminatory laws.
Together, we have the power to end our Constitution’s silence on the existence and prior occupation of the First Australians, the custodians of the oldest continuing cultures on Earth.